The purpose of this neighborhood plan is to develop a strategic plan for the Historic Midtown Neighborhood that addresses key issues and concerns regarding the conservation a revitalization of the area. The Planning Area that has been identified is bounded by Murdock to the south, 18th Street N to the north, the Union Pacific (UP) BNSF Railway to the east and the Little Arkansas River to the west.
This is an issue-oriented planning document that includes strategies to address the objectives outlined therein. Components of the plan include a land use concept that generally reflects current and desirable land uses, the redevelopment of the UP Railroad Corridor, redevelopment guidelines for developers, and a linear park with a bike path and special landscaping for beautification, safety and drainage management.
No zoning changes or design guidelines are being proposed as part of this plan document, and no funds are currently committed for the implementation of the land use concept. The redevelopment of the Railroad corridor into a linear park has been programmed in the Capital Improvement Plan for 2004-2013, and the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) approved Federal Transportation Enhancement funds for this project in 2003. Moreover, guidelines for the redevelopment of the neighborhood area are reactive, and will apply only when development projects are proposed.